Jul 18, 2019  
2011-2012 University Catalogue 
2011-2012 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

LAPR 863 - The Symphony from Beethoven to Mahler

3 credits
The long century of Romanticism and Revolution coincides with the ascendancy of the Central-European symphony as the preeminent expression of abstract musical thought - indeed the embodiment of art as philosophy. The course charts the origins and evolution of the genre in the changing relationships between aesthetics and politics throughout the 19th century; the rise of the interpretive conductor as well as technical developments in musical instrument design that fueled the symphony’s broad appeal; and the historical continuities underlying the construction of the artist-hero, the tortured genius and “”maker of the worlds.”” Individual works selected for close examination will fall into the four categories: the seminal works of Beethoven; the Romantic generation from Mendelssohn to Brahms; the post-Wagnerian synthesis of orchestral writing, from Bruckner to Tchaikovsky; followed by the genre’s earliest dialogue with modernity in the symphonies of Mahler.

Prerequisites LACR*102